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Reflections from the Keyboard

Wagneriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard considers Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of his work. See if you like your Wagner piano-ized instead of vocalized and orchestrated.

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Operavore

New York City Opera Did Rarities and Modern Works Proud

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Why was it necessary for a company that had once presented some 130 performances a season to endure in diminished form? Marion Lignana Rosenberg considers why City Opera still mattered.

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Soundcheck

SNL Bandleader Lenny Pickett

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

If there’s one sound that characterizes the Saturday Night Live opening theme, it’s that wailing, fluttering and occasionally ear-splitting lead tenor sax. Lenny Pickett has been playing those legendary solos with the SNL band for almost 30 years – and he’s been the band’s musical director for almost 20. He gives us a glimpse of life behind the scenes at SNL -- and shares with us a Pick Three

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WQXR Features

Verdi Week: At-a-Glance

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth WQXR is offering a week of music and commentary on the Italian composer's life and work. Here's a rundown.

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New Sounds

New Music from Mali

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

This New Sounds program presents music from Mali, but focuses on recordings from 2012 (mostly), the year when the country was split by civil war & the Islamist takeover of the north; and the subsequent intervention by the French army and neighboring countries.  Despite this period of violence, and the ban on music due to strict interpretation of Sharia law in the northern part of the country, there has been a whole bunch of incredible music, both imbued with defiance, and straight pleas for peace, making its way out of Mali. Hear new music from Rokia Traoré, who has temporarily relocated to Paris for the safety of her young son, during the Malian conflict.  Also, listen to a prayer for peace from guitarist /singer/songwriter Sidi Touré (who is appearing this Saturday, 10/5 at BAM Cafe).

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Chose Stravinsky's Rite of Spring Conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In advance of tonight's scheduled Carnegie Hall's gala with the Philadelphia Orchestra, we'll play a performance by the orchestra led by your choice of conductor.

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New York Now

Listen: Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Q2 Music recently streamed the first in a series of two live webcasts featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Listen to the concert featuring Roomful of Teeth. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien in “Eugene Onegin”

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien discusses playing the title role in Tchaikovsky’s tragic romance “Eugene Onegin” at the Metropolitan Opera. The title role of Eugene Onegin, a handsome but emotionally repressed playboy, has become one of his most famous roles, and he’s sung it all over the world, but this is his first time singing it at the Met. “Eugene Onegin” is staged by the actress and director Fiona Shaw. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts.

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Mixtapes

Omnivorous Listening with John Hollenbeck

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The music of drummer and composer John Hollenbeck omnivorously draws from jazz, post-rock and contemporary classical traditions. It makes sense: he's collaborated with an eclectic roster of musicians. His Mixtape streams Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Watch Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band -- a new project from TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe -- in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Mary Gauthier

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier performs at Hill Country Wednesday. Download "Your Sister Cried."

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Soundcheck

TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe's Side Project; SNL Bandleader Lenny Pickett; AKA Doc Pomus

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In this episode: Tunde Adebimpe of Brooklyn indie heroes TV On The Radio joins us with his side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, to perform live in the studio.

Plus: AKA Doc Pomus is a documentary film that tells the story of Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder (aka Doc Pomus), who wrote some of the best known hits of the 1950s and '60s, including "Save the Last Dance for Me," "A Teenager in Love" and "Viva Las Vegas." Guests include filmmaker Peter Miller and Doc's daughter Sharyn Felder.

And: The sax-blasting musical director of the Saturday Night Live band, Lenny Pickett, talks about his 29th year on the job and shares a Pick Three.

The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Kaufman Music Center Youth Piano Competition Winners

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

For the first time, The Kaufman Music Center is hosting a Youth Piano Competition. In this episode of Young Artists Showcase, meet some of the winners as they perform in concert at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. With three age categories, the competition is open to performers from the age of 7 to 17. Young Artists Showcase host Robert Sherman explores performances from musicians so young they haven’t reached double digits to pianists peaking into adulthood. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Matthews; Mariusz Kwiecien on "Eugene Onegin; Soldiers at Home; Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Between the looming fiscal cliff, a government shutdown, and ideological differences, relationship between President Obama and the Speaker of the House John Boehner has been rocky for months. On today’s show: Hardball host Chris Matthews talks about how President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill worked together throughout the 1980s. Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien on singing the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Eugene Onegin.” David Finkel shares stories of being embedded with an infantry battalion in Iraq—and again when they returned home. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, suggests ways to use the power of the Web to do good in the world.

Soundcheck

Wild Tales From Graham Nash

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Graham Nash, the veteran singer-songwriter and founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash, stops by to share stories from his new memoir, Wild Tales: A Rock And Roll Life.

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Soundcheck

Buke And Gase: Punk-Infused Postmodern Dance

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Watch Buke And Gase's latest video for its song "Revel In Contempt," a collaboration with Susan Marshall & Company's evening-length dance work, Play/Pause.

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Soundcheck

New Releases From HAIM, Earl Sweatshirt And Neko Case

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

It's time to hear about some new releases! Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us to talk about what she's been listening to lately -- L.A. sister band HAIM, rapper Earl Sweatshirt and singer and songwriter Neko Case.

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The Takeaway

A Tough Teacher Who Hit the Right Notes

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Many of us have had the experience of a great teacher and the sadness of learning that they have passed on and remembering just how much that teacher meant. But imagine if this teacher was the toughest and most intimidating figure in your life, someone who made your fingers bleed from practicing and brought tears to your eyes. Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky tell the feared Mr. K's story.

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New Sounds

From the North

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

For this New Sounds, head to the north with music from Scandinavian composers, and works from Iceland.  Listen to music by Swedish nyckelharpa innovator Johan Hedin from the record “Angel Archipelago," together with an all-star cast of Scandinavian music luminaries like multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, electronics man Frode Fjellheim, and horn player Jonas Knutsson.

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Soundcheck

Kneebody: Gritty Jazz Meets Electronica

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Hear the genre-blending quintet play songs off its new album, The Line, in the Soundcheck studio.

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